Do you wish on the shooting stars to get strong, lustrous long hair? Yes, right? So, if you have been trying to get those locks by emptying your bank balance, we hate to disappoint you but this is not how you get strong and lustrous hair.
So, what does it take, if not these expensive products that promise you hair transformations? Everyday oiling? Vitamin supplements? Well, it cannot be denied that they all count. But the most important, yet the most undermined thing that you need to meet your hair goals is a healthy scalp.
Sadly, little importance is given to scalp health when it is all you need to do. Just as you water the roots to grow healthy plants, you must prioritise scalp health to get the hair of your dreams.
If you are still not convinced, continue to read this blog. We bet this will change your mind.
Is your scalp really healthy?
Are you sure your scalp is healthy? If your answer is yes because you don’t have dandruff, then you may be mistaken. A dandruff-free scalp doesn’t make it healthy either. You cannot see and analyse the condition of your scalp that easily. It may not even be visible to the naked eye.
But here are a few signs that can point to an unhealthy scalp
- Hair Shedding
- Dry and brittle hair
- Hair thinning
But why should you choose scalp health over everything else?
Taking care of your skin is as important as taking care of your scalp. After all, the skin on your face resembles your scalp. The only difference is that it’s a tad thicker and boasts a greater abundance of oil glands, all the while hosting a myriad of hair follicles.
As each follicle delves deep into the cranial terrain, a healthy ecosystem for the hair is essential for its well-being. Otherwise, it can precipitate unwelcome dilemmas like dermatitis, eczema, and dandruff, among others. All of this can foster hair thinning, breakage, lacklustre appearance, and coarse texture.
So, what does it take to get a healthy scalp?
Before we talk about the solution, let’s discuss what causes the problem. What causes an unhealthy scalp? Exposure to toxins and chemicals, extreme weather, stress, and reckless hair maintenance, are some of the leading factors that make your scalp unhealthy. And from what we have established so far, an unhealthy scalp is only going to grow rough, brittle and dry hair you would dislike.
Your nutrition, and haircare routine, all matter when you are on the quest to transform your hair for good. Here are a few tips to follow:
Keep your scalp clean
It’s simple. If your scalp is not clean, it would not be healthy. But keeping your scalp healthy doesn’t mean you have to shampoo your hair every day. If your hair is oily, do not shampoo it more than 3 times a week. Over-shampooing can strip away the natural oils.
Just as it is essential to exfoliate your skin to remove the dead cells, it is important to exfoliate your scalp as well. Dead cells and dirt can accumulate and make your scalp unclean and unhealthy. So, exfoliate. Use a gentle scalp scrub to get started. You can use a scalp scrub or a homemade scrub.
Protect your scalp from sun damage
You would apply sunscreen multiple times a day (as you should) to protect it from sun damage, but what about your hair? Sun can damage your hair as well, it needs protection too. Consider using a heat protectant with SPF. You can also try to cover your hair with a scarf whenever you are out.
Work on your diet
Did you know your hair is the last to get vitamins and minerals supplied by the diet you take? Your body’s topmost priority would be to fuel the functioning of important body organs. So, what does this mean?
This means, if you don’t get enough nutrients, your body will exhaust whatever it gets (by distributing them to the rest of the body) before it reaches your hair.
When it comes to good hair health, nutrients such as protein and omega-3 are important. Make sure you eat enough of these nutrients to keep your hair healthy
Incorporating scalp health into your daily regimen is not just about nurturing luscious locks; it’s a holistic approach to overall well-being. By tending to your scalp’s delicate ecosystem, you’re fostering the foundation from which healthy, vibrant hair can flourish. So, whether you’re aiming for a crown of voluminous strands or simply seeking to maintain a balanced scalp, embracing this practice today will undoubtedly yield benefits that go far beyond the surface. Your scalp, after all, is where it all begins – the root of confidence and the growth of self-care.